All-session tickets for the 2017 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will go on sale Monday, Oct. 16, at 9 a.m. HST. The eight-team tournament will be held December 22, 23 & 25 at the Stan Sheriff Center and will feature four games a day, with each day consisting of two sessions.
Fans can purchase online at eTicketHawaii.com and print them on their home computer. Phone orders can be placed by calling (808) 944-2697 (Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
Entering its ninth year, the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic has become a highly-anticipated holiday tradition for college basketball fans. This year’s field is as strong as ever with six teams who advanced to the postseason last year, including five who participated in the NCAA men’s basketball championship Joining host Hawai‘i in the 2017 field are Akron, Davidson, Miami, Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State, Princeton, and USC.
- A model of consistency, two-time defending MAC champion Akron boasts 12 straight seasons with at least 21 wins, joining the likes of Kansas, Duke, and Gonzaga.
- Best known for featuring the early exploits of future NBA star Steph Curry, Davidson owns a rich tradition of winning under legendary coach Bob McKillop, who welcomes back four starters and 11 returnees to this year’s squad.
- Optimism is high for host Hawai‘i, which returns seven of its top eight scorers from last season while adding four newcomers to a program just two years removed from an NCAA second round appearance.
- With a pair of NCAA Tournament wins in each of the last two seasons and a school-record 31 victories in 2016-17, Kermit Davis’ Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders are no longer flying under the radar on the national scene.
- Miami has developed into an ACC power under head coach Jim Larranaga and with a bevy of returnees from last year’s squad, the Hurricanes are generating buzz as a top-10 team.
- New Mexico State first-year head coach Chris Jans – a protégé of Greg Marshall at Wichita State – inherits a squad that returns two-all conference players who helped the Aggies win 28 games and advance to the NCAA championship last year.
- No longer a grind-it-out team, Princeton boasts an exciting, up-tempo brand of basketball that helped them win 23 games last year and nearly take down Notre Dame in the.
- After back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances, USC is poised to make a push for the Pac-12 title and make a deep run in the postseason with eight of its top scorers back and one of its most talented lineups in years.
|Ticket Packages (Includes all 6 sessions, 12 games)||Price|
|Package (Lower Level)||$110.00|
|Package (Upper Level)||$70.00|
|Reserved Sessions Dec. 22 Evening, Dec. 23 Evening and Both sessions on December 25||Price|
|Individual (Lower Level)||$30.00|
|Individual (Upper Level)||$18.00|
|Individual Sr. Citizen (65+) (Upper Level K-P, CC-GG)||$10.00|
|Individual Student (age 4-18 & College Student with Valid I.D.) (Upper Level K-P, CC-GG)||$10.00|
|GA sessions during first two games on Dec. 22 and first two games Dec. 23||Price|
The first of 12 tournament games will tip off on Friday, Dec. 22 and will culminate on Dec. 25 with the championship game. The complete bracket can be found here.
Additional information for the family-friendly tournament and resort destination of Honolulu, Hawai‘i, including travel packages, can be found on the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic web site at hawaiianairlinesdiamondheadclassic.com.
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